All posts by Rachel Harris

Dr. Rachel Harris is a Reader in Ethnomusicology and a research coordinator at the SOAS China Institute. Her research centres on the region of Xinjiang, and especially on the music of the Muslim Central Asian Uyghurs, but also encompasses broader perspectives on Chinese music, including an edited volume on gender in Chinese music.

Securitisation and Mass Detentions in Xinjiang by Rachel Harris, SOAS University of London

The Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China is home to some 12 million indigenous Turkic speaking Muslims, primarily Uyghurs but also smaller numbers of Kazakhs and others. It is now one of the most heavily policed areas in the world. Inhabitants are controlled and monitored to an extraordinary degree and detained in extraordinary numbers. These extreme policies are justified by the claim that China is fighting Islamic radicalisation and extremism.

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